Christopher Nolan Ignores Pleas to Change Bane’s Voice

Audiences can't understand what the heck Tom Hardy is saying in The Dark Knight Rises. The director doesn't seem to care.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

If you've seen the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, or the IMAX preview, don't get your ears checked: it's not just you. Apparently many fans of Nolan's Batman movies were left perplexed by the film's villain, Tom Hardy's Bane, whose dialogue they couldn't quite make out. In Bane's defense, he's wearing a mask. In the audience's defense, understanding dialogue spoken in their own language should be a given. Well, Nolan has heard your cries… and he doesn't seem to care.

Hollywood Reporter reports that Christopher Nolan will not re-record Bane's voice, even though with that mask on the ADR process would be easy as hell. According to an unnamed executive, "Chris wants the audience to catch up and participate rather than push everything at them. He doesn't dumb things down," adding, "You've got to pedal faster to keep up."

If anyone has earned audience's trust, it's Christopher Nolan, but he's got fans deeply concerned now. In his defense, we understood every damned word he said. But then again we can understand Irish movies without the benefit of subtitles. Nolan does plan to tweak the existing dialogue in the editing room which, with today's technology, should be a snap. 

What do you think? Does Nolan need to go back to the drawing board or could you understand Bane's dialogue just fine?

CraveOnline will be back with more The Dark Knight Rises news after we finish our spec script for My Fair Bane.